Director: Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco
Producer: Gail Dolgin
As the Vietnam War drew to a close in 1975, thousands of Vietnamese and Amerasian children were given up for adoption to the United States as part of 'Operation Babylift'. Mai Thi Hiep, a seven year old was adopted by a single woman in Pulaski, Tennessee and renamed as Heidi. Daughter from Danang tells the poignant story of a Vietnamese mother and her Amerasian daughter separated by the war and reunited twenty-two years later. Overwhelmed at meeting each other, mother and daughter grapple with the reality of cultural differences and the years of separation. Heidi's profound alienation from her Vietnamese past and her mother's desperate need for financial assistance obscure their common love and longing. While many documentaries have been made about Vietnam War, few have focused on the personal stories of civilians, particularly women and children, whose lives were dramatically affected by choices made in fear during times of chaos and panic.
GAIL DOLGIN and VICENTE FRANCO, the directors of Daughter from Danang, are long time collaborators. Their documentary Cuba Va was in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994. Daughter from Danang won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. VICENTE FRANCO has worked on more than two dozen films dealing with social issues in Latin America. They include The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers Struggle, Cuba Va, The Challenge of the Next Generation and Freedom on my Mind, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award
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